Servings: 24 serving(s)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Peanut butter rice krispie squares are quick and easy. Made with pantry staples and ready in a flash they’re much simpler than the marshmallow version, and more substantial.
When I was growing up, Rice Krispie squares were always made with peanut butter. I’m sure I had the regular marshmallow variety too but this recipe for peanut butter rice krispie squares was in regular rotation.
It’s a simple recipe: sugar, syrup, peanut butter and crispy rice cereal. Mom usually frosted them with a thin layer melted chocolate chips to dress them up.
Above is mom’s original recipe. This week she substituted molasses for the corn syrup – an easy substitution that adds so much flavour. Peanut butter and molasses are an epic flavour combination. In fact, we have an entire section on this site devoted to recipes that make the most of peanut butter and molasses.
Easy to avoid corn syrup
If you’re trying to avoid corn syrup, molasses is an easy substitution. In this recipe you can substitute molasses for the full amount of corn syrup or you can use half molasses, half maple syrup** or honey. Using half molasses, half corn syrup is another option.
These squares travel well
This recipe makes sturdy squares that are very chewy. They are very rich as well so I suggest you cut them into small squares.
These are gluten-free when made with GF crisp rice cereal. Many brands are made with barley malt syrup, which is not gluten free. Be sure to read the ingredient list.Print
Mom’s Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Squares
Peanut butter rice krispie squares are quick and easy. Made with pantry staples and ready in a flash
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 30 squares 1x
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 6 cups crisp rice cereal*
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Grease a 9″ x 9″ pan or line it with parchment paper.
- In a large pot bring sugar and molasses to the boil, stirring frequently.
- Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.
- Mix well.
- Add rice cereal and stir to combine.
- Pack into prepared pan.
- Melt chocolate chips and spread on top (if using).
- Cool before cutting.
*To make these gluten free be sure to use GF crisp rice cereal.
Variation: Substitute honey or maple syrup** for 1/2 cup of the molasses.
**Squares made with maple syrup will be drier, less chewy and a little brittle.
Keywords: peanut butter squares; molasses squares; rice krispie squares
Get new recipes every week…
If you’re in search of family-friendly food that’s easy to prepare, healthy and tastes good, then sign up to receive our weekly recipe email.Sign up for our Newsletter